It's been a banner week for American sports, first with USA's victorious World Cup match yesterday and now with news that the longest tennis match in history has finally ended after 11 hours with American John Isner the winner! Isner beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set at Wimbledon.
Boy, how tired, mad, sore, sun-burnt, flabbergasted, frustrated, and stunned must that Mahut be right now. To get so far in a record-breaking game and then to just ... lose. The poor French [she says sarcastically]. First the World Cup and now this.
To save you a little bit of time, watch the exciting finale:
Officials stopped the game that started on Tuesday late in the day Wednesday at 59-59 in the fifth set after a marathon 10 hours of play, even though both players wanted to continue. The decisive set resumed earlier today. That set alone lasted longer than the record for the previous longest match on record, a 6-hour and 33-minute French Open match in 2004.
The match continued Thursday with both players holding serve easily, reports the Associated Press. By the time they reached 63-63, Isner had a match total of 105 aces and Muhat had 101.
Isner fell to the ground on his back after his shot down the line completed the win. When asked why the game took so long, he told ESPN:
I can't explain that. Obviously both players served really well. Even in that case, you can't even imagine it going past 20-all. I was slapping my forehand as hard as I could and it kept going in. I don't know and I guess it was just meant to be. In a way, I'm glad I was part of that match.